Mazda has launched a new Racing Accelerates Creative Education (RACE) program, designed to engage and motivate the next generation of students focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (aka STEM).

The RACE program will be led by Mazda Motorsports and geared toward middle and high school students, debuting to more than 600 students at DeLand High School in DeLand, FL. Mazda aims to expand the program to at least a dozen schools across North America as the Motorsports team travels to events in the 2014 race circuit, like the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.

As part of the program, Mazda will offer a handful a teaching aids to generate enthusiasm about STEM and motorsports, including a TUDOR United SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Prototype show car, professional race drivers and engineers who can provide real-life examples of what it takes to race at the highest level, and an engaging, fully illustrated presentation that shows the importance and role of STEM subjects in motorsports.

But if studying STEM subjects is long behind you and you’d just like to get your hands on a Mazda, well, just stop by Parks Mazda!

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